Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah
is proud to have strong board members.
Please take your time to meet our board
by reading a little about them.
President of the Board of Directors
James (Jim) Goltz is President of Retech Systems LLC, a manufacturer of equipment used for processing reactive metals. His career includes over 30 years as a financial executive in multi national companies. Jim resides in Ukiah with his wife, Eliane Herring, and daughter, Gigi.
My daughter worked at the Club for several years. She really loved working with the kids and was very impressed with the programs the Boys & Girls Club has and the effect they had on the kids. One day, she told me about a member who faithfully came every single day. She asked him why he came and he said "Because this is the only place where anyone really cares about me." It wasn't too long after this, that the Club had to close due to lack of funds. When UVMC staff heard about this, we came together as a group and raised over $18,000 to help get the Club open again. During the fund raising drive, the opportunity came up for me to join the Board and I was happy to be invited to come on board. At a time when we see almost daily cuts in programs that support kids, I am proud to be part of a group working to provide education, emotional support and FUN for our local kids. I believe that every child has the capability of becoming a success in life and I appreciate having the chance to be part of their success.
Board Member / Past President
I am married and have a son who is a sophomore in college. I have worked in the real estate business for over 24 years and my family and I own a bee pollination business and local, raw honey company. I have served on several community boards over the years. I became involved in the Boys & Girls Club in 2000 because I wanted to be involved in a youth organization that had a positive impact on the children in our community. I understand how important it is for children to have a safe place to spend time after school and during the summer rather than be on the streets or home alone. The Club offers them the opportunity to play, make friends, build skills to help them succeed and receive praise and recognition of their achievements. The relationships they form with both staff and new friends they meet in this positive environment is important to build character, accountability, and a sense of belonging. I can't say enough about our dedicated staff and board of directors. We have faced some challenging economic times these last several years, but thanks to them and continued support from our incredible community we have been able to continue to offer these kids a safe, positive place to call home.
nise spends so much of Denise’s life has centered around children for 40 years, raising her three boys as a single parent, one severely disabled and many foster children. Had it not been for all the coaches of Pop Warner football, Ukiah High, soccer, baseball, UVA, and all the rest who were role models for her sons and kept them safe, they may not be the wonderful men they have grown up to be. These fine role models influenced her need to give back to this community. Denise’s work at NCO and Rural Communities Child Care helped her realize the huge need for child care for our working families, children’s intervention services, and a safe place for kids to recreate and have a great time. As a children’s advocate she is involved with many community boards including the Policy Council on Children and Youth, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Child Care Planning Council, Rotary 20 years, UVAH for 30 years, and the vice president of the Boys and Girls Club and the
Board member since 2007
Edith is a mother of 3 kids (all current members of the BGCU). She works full-time with transitional age youth. Edith got involved with the Boys & Girls Club because she wanted to be a part of and to provide a positive program for youth. Edith is a firm believer in reaching out to kids sooner than later and teaching them communication, problem solving, and leadership skills and doing it with fun activities. The Boys & Girls Club has proven to fill the gap in many communities and our community needs the Boys & Girls Club. It is Edith's hope, along with our fund-raisers, to do some community service projects. Her goal is to improve communication with each other (the board, the staff, the parents, the kids, our supporters, service organizations, and especially the community). The end result will be a TEAM for kids in our community WITH KIDS and OUR COMMUNITY. This is why Edith Wise-Andrews serves as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah. Lets make it HAPPEN!
Board Member since 2007
Throughout his life Bob has been involved with kids. When he first came to Ukiah 50+ years ago. Bob coached a Church League basketball team. For 20 plus years he sponsored a Little League team and gave trophies to Ukiah High athletics. In 1965 Bob was fortunate enough to help form and become the coach of the first Pop Warner football team. He did this for 5 years and became Northern California Pop Warner President. As president he helped four Cloverdale and Fort Bragg teams. In this same period Bob helped start the Ukiah High Boosters Club being its first president for several years.
Bob also was on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma/Mendocino Boy Scouts. During this time they had 2 successful fund raisers. One had Gerald Ford as guest speaker, a second had Milton Friedman as guest speaker. From Junior High School through College years Bob has participated in the athletic programs. Being long of tooth and unable to do this now, he has now found the Boys and Girls Club a way to repay and hopefully help the youth of Ukiah. Go Bears!
Board Member since 2011
I joined the board to ensure children in Ukiah have a safe place to go that offers them quality activities. The Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah is the perfect vehicle to inspire and enrich children to reach their fullest potential. I believe investing in children is a priority.
Board Member since 2011
Having raised my two children as a single parent, I understand the need for children to have programs that support their ability to be productive citizens. There are many success stories from individuals who are products of the mentoring received from the Boys & Girls Club. I am pleased to be a part of an organization that can help guide children to a productive path of achieving their dreams in life.
Being a Banker I am able to help with the fiscal responsibility of the Boys & Girls Club of Ukiah. Some of my past affiliations follow:
Past director of the Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation in Ukiah, Ca. Past coach and referee for various Sandpoint Idaho youth sports. Past director of the North Idaho Youth Sports Association. Past president of the Priest River Chamber of Commerce. Past director of the Priest River Development Corporation. Past director of the Mendocino County Community Development Corporation. Past two term member of the Mendocino County Grand Jury. Past director and treasurer of the Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Board Member since 2012
Board Member since 2012
Board Member since 2012
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Please join us in thanking Hugh McAvoy for his wonderful support & service to BGCU
Retiring Board Member 2011